Agricultural stakeholders have called on government to integrate farming into the school curriculum activities in order to encourage the young ones in to the agricultural sector .
This call was made at the policy discourse on the state of Climate Smart Agriculture Technologies, Innovations and Management Practices by the Nigerian Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services, held at the Postgraduate School Auditorium, Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Abeokuta.
The stakeholders advised that the study of agricultural sciences and small scale farming should be given prominence in schools, from the Primary, secondary and tertiary levels, this they say would endeared the learners to food farming which would in turn boost food security in the country.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu in his address, said that involving the educational sector is apt, because the young ones should not be left out in decision making, as they can be an instrument to educate their parents who may not be opportune to have access to training on climate change and its effect on farming.
Arigbabu who noted that government has done a lot in the agricultural sector, thereby ensuring that the state can boost of so many food produce, promised that learners would also be encouraged to look into agriculture as a means of employment opportunities.
He said, “as a government, whatever recommendations that are made, we will make sure we implement it, the policy about integrating farming into the curriculum, will also be looked into, we want to encourage our learners to see the untapped resources in the sector”.
In their goodwill messages, the Vice- Chancellor of FUNAAB, Prof. Kolawole Salako, who was represented by one of the Professor in the school, Prof. Joe Atungwu and the Dean, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development, Prof. Fakoya, said the essence of the programme was to identify the adverse effect of climate change and proffer solutions that would ensure sustaining food security in the country.
In her remarks, the Southwest Zonal Coordinator, Dr. (Mrs.) Adefunke Ayinde, noted that the forum was put in place to ensure a transform agriculture that would boost food security through an Information Communication Technology (ICT) driven agricultural extention.